Professor Jim Bagian, Executive Director
Dr. Bagian is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Center for Risk Analysis Informed Decision Engineering (RAIDE) and is a Professor in the Departments of Industrial and Operations Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. He has extensive experience in the fields of human factors, aviation, patient and transportation safety, and risk assessment and management. Dr. Bagian was the founding Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety at the University of Michigan. Previously he served as the first and founding director of the VA National Center for Patient Safety and as the VA’s first Chief Patient Safety Officer where he developed numerous patient safety related tools and programs that have been adopted nationally and internationally. A NASA astronaut for over 15 years, he is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions including as the lead mission specialist for the first dedicated Life Sciences Spacelab mission. He also served as the Chief Flight Surgeon and Medical Consultant for the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He was elected to two terms as the Chair of the Joint Commission’s Patient Safety Advisory Group and was the Co-chair of the ACGME CLER Committee and was a member of NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel from 2006-2018. He was a founding member of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Committee and was a member of the DOD Trauma and Injury Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board. Bagian holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a doctorate in medicine from Thomas Jefferson University. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine.
Professor Seth Guikema, Director of Research and Education
Dr. Guikema is a co-founder and the Director of Research and Education for the Center for Risk Analysis Informed Decision Engineering (RAIDE) and is a Professor in the Departments of Industrial and Operations Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is also a Professor II (adjunct) in the Department of Safety, Economics, and Planning at the University of Stavanger (Norway) and a Research Fellow at One Concern, Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up. Dr. Guikema was the President of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) in 2020 and is a Fellow of SRA. He is an Area Editor for the journal Risk Analysis and serves on the editorial boards of other journals in the engineering risk analysis area. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed journal papers and won numerous publication awards for his research. He also has extensive risk analysis consulting experience in the DoD, Intelligence, and Commercial sectors. He has B.S., M.Eng., and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, the University of Canterbury, and Stanford University respectively and a Ph.D. in Engineering Risk and Decision Analysis from Stanford University.